Literature: The Journeyer
The Journeyer is an historical novel by Gary Jennings, first published in 1984. It follows the life and travels of Marco Polo, from his life in Venice as the son of a wealthy (if absent) merchant, across the Middle East and Asia, then through China and back to Venice.Some tropes associated with the novel include:
- A Date with Rosie Palms : Frequently, when he's younger. Referred to by the Unusual Euphemism "the priest's war." (Five against one).
- Anything That Moves : Nostril. A memorable scene includes the use of his namesake for such goings on.
- Arc Words : "Beware the bloodthirstiness of beauty."
- Batman Gambit : Marco's revenge in the last third of the book.
- Bed Trick : Princesses Moth and Sunlight.
- Been There, Shaped History : Including inventing the bomb. Although it this case, it's probably Justified, as Marco Polo is an historical figure.
- Cold-Blooded Torture : Apparently in medieval China, it was both a trade and an art. Try to hold onto your lunch during the scenes with The Death of A Thousand.
- Disappeared Dad : Marco's father has been gone a long time, due to his work as a traveling merchant.
- Door Stopper : The paperback runs about 1100 pages.
- Free-Range Children : Marco's mother died when he was seven, and his traveling merchant father was gone for many years at a time, leaving wee Marco to roam the streets of Venice with a pack of orphans.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin : Discussed, and as a result of the teasing, Marco has a distressing encounter with Malgarita.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane : Mordecai.
- Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow : Both played straight and averted, although Hui-Sheng is a mellow version of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
- Street Urchin : Doris and her brother Ubaldo.
- Twin Cest : Biliktu and Buyantu.
- Where Da White Women At? : Zia Zulia and her lover, Micholo the boatman. It's more scandalous When they run off together because he's a slave. Marco seems to wish them well.